Issues with icons, gtk theme, and other graphical components prior to installation of nvidia drivers

Laptop: Asus A42J
GPU: nvidia GEFORCE 310m
OS: linux mint 17 rebecca cinnamon
driver: nvidia-331
Ever since i have installed the nvidia drivers i have been having issues with themes. Here is the original thread on the linux mint forums.
i found a temporary fix but the problems persist now. The issue seems to happen after my computer turns off suddenly like when my batter dies or when i have a power failure. This problem has been reported by someone else too.